Phoenix man accused of shooting federal officer taken into custody

PHOENIX — A 68-year-old man who opened fire on a court security officer in Phoenix, Ariz., has been arrested and charged with assaulting a federal officer, the FBI said Wednesday.

James Lee Carr is accused of driving a vehicle Tuesday near the Sandra Day O’Connor federal courthouse and firing three times at the officer, striking him in his protective vest.

The officer returned fire, shooting back eight times as Carr sped away, FOX News reported.

After the drive-by shooting, Carr reportedly called his brother, who contacted the rest of his family. Through a series of events, they were able to disarm the man and call authorities. According to court documents, Carr told his son that he “snapped and shot a security guard” because he “was harassing him.”

The court officer was inspecting a UPS truck for entry into the downtown courthouse at the time of the shooting. He was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.

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Carr’s son said his father has mental health problems. He remains in federal custody.


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